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‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Apr. 10, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...

Governor appoints first woman to lead Arizona National Guard

Apr. 08, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday appointed Brig. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck to be the first female leader of the Arizona National Guard and the state's emergency management agency as it enters a second year on the front lines in combatting COVID-19. As adjutant...

New Mexico leads vaccine rollout with 50% getting 1st shot

Apr. 07, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Wednesday reported more progress in getting residents vaccinated as the state continues to lead the U.S. in the vaccine rollout. State Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said 50% of residents 16 and older have...

Capitol attack raises questions of security vs public access

Apr. 04, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol, a challenge for Congress, nearly three months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy, to “make it as secure as it needs to be but as free as we could...

Air Guard to train at night with F-35s over next 3 weeks

Apr. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard will be training at night with F-35 fighter jets over the next three weeks. The training starts Tuesday with takeoffs scheduled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and landings happening between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the...

AP source: Suspect in Capitol attack suffered delusions

Apr. 03, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, killing one of them before he was shot to death by police, had been suffering from delusions, paranoia and suicidal thoughts, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday....

Unaccompanied migrant kids may be housed on California base

Apr. 03, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — The federal government may house unaccompanied migrant children on a California Army National Guard base in central California, officials said. The Pentagon on Friday approved the use of Camp Roberts to temporarily house migrant children...

Alaska woman is 1st infantrywoman in state's national guard

Apr. 01, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman has made history by becoming the first infantrywoman in the Alaska National Guard. Serita Unin, a Cup'ik woman, joined the National Guard in 2009 as a generator mechanic and said combat jobs were not available for women at the time,...

More workers to be added at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites

Mar. 31, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that additional workers are being added to meet the high demand at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites. State health officials said Tuesday that they were experiencing long lines outside State Farm Stadium in Glendale,...